Special Education, MA or M Ed (Visual Impairment)

Master of Arts (M.A.) Degree or Master of Education (M.Ed.) Degree in Special Education with a Specialization in Visual Impairment

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

  • Blended
  • 39
  • $357.00
  • $750.00

Program Overview

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A Bachelor's degree

  2. 2.5 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale

  3. Taken the GRE

  4. Taken the TOEFL or IELTS

    (Only required if English is not your native language)

  5. A written personal statement

  6. 3 letters of recommendation

  7. Official transcripts from all previous schools

NOTE: If you reside in state(s) KY contact a program adviser before applying.

To apply to this program:

  1. Complete and submit the online application for Graduate Studies
  2. Pay $50 application fees
  3. Submit separate application to Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders

Courses You’ll Take

Course Information

In addition to the required courses listed here students will also choose, in consultation with their adviser: three credit hours elective and one research course.

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
SPED 851Intermediate Braille Codes and Instructional Material Adaptations (Summer)3
Prereq: SPED *846, *847, and *849 Advanced skills in Nemeth (mathematics code) and/or Literary code. Basic activities in braille formatting, foreign language, music and identification of braille technology devices and resources.
SPED 882Instruction for Students with Severe Disabilities3
Lec 3. Prereq: SPED *881 for the Severely/Multihandicapped endorsement program or SPED *862 for Preschool Handicapped endorsement program; and permission. Majors in severe disabilities must parallel with SPED 896P (1 cr). SPED *882 requires observations in schools and applied assignments. Selection, design, and implementation of best practice instruction for students with severe disabilities, multiple disabilities, or deaf-blindness.
SPED 847Introduction to Eye Anatomy of Students3
Prereq: SPED *846 or permission Structure and function of the visual system, conditions that effect visual ability, and the functional and environmental implications of low vision. Strategies for enhancing visual ability in children with visual impairments and children who have additional disabilities.
SPED 853Orientation & Mobility Skills (Summer)3
Prereq: SPED *846, *847, *849, *851, and *852 Theory and applied practice in basic orientation and mobility techniques for use with students with visual impairments. Practical methods for work in concept development, orientation skills, travel skills and techniques, personal safety and independent travel. Needs of specific populations such as people with low vision and individuals with additional disabilities. Vision simulators and occluders. An introduction to the history and development of the profession.
SPED 852Instructional Methods for Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments3
Methods and materials for educating children who are totally blind or have low vision, including students with multiple impairments. Practical skills in selecting, designing, and/or modifying materials for content area subjects: mathematics, science, social studies, creative arts, foreign language and other subjects.
SPED 849Braille Codes and Material Adaptations3
Basic skills in literary Braille transcription and codes. Acquire competence in reading and writing Braille and using the Perkins braillewriter and slate/stylus.
SPED 872Psychology and Sociology of Deafness3
Brief overview of education of the hearing impaired including history of, professional roles in, and educational programming within this field. Overview of social/psychological theories as related to the hearing impaired. Patterns of social/emotional development, psychological characteristics, issues of the family stress and social adaptation and discussion of counseling techniques.
SPED 960Family and School Collaboration in Special Education3
Prereq: Professional experience or completion of one practicum and/or field experience with young children (birth to age 5) or other individuals ages 5 to 21 years who have disabilities. Functions and interactions of both family and education systems. Impact of having a child with a disability on the normal and stressed family system. Promote family-professional partnerships in assessment and intervention for the child and/or student with an IFSP/IEP. Communication skills are reviewed and practiced for effective teaming among educators and for interviewing, consulting, collaborating and coaching with family members and other community team members.
SPED 852AApplied Technology Methods (Summer)1
Prereq: SPED 846 and 847, or equivalents This course provides theory and practical experience in the selection and use of technology for persons with visual impairments. Key knowledge and skills covered include: technology assessments, data collection, equipment features, sources of equipment, funding sources, write technology instructional plans, and demonstrate skills to use equipment. Course sessions include lecture and practice of adapted equipment. (distance and on-site )
SPED 897VStudent Teaching: VI, P-6 & 7-12 (Summer)1 - 9
Prereq: Permission Laboratory and teaching experience in visual impairments.
SPED 846Foundations of Visual Impairments3
Prereq: Admission to visually impaired program; hold or concurrently earn subject/field endorsement Current educational programs and services for children with visual impairments, as well as children with multiple disabilities. History of educational services, developmental characteristics, psycho-social aspects, history of legislation, and grade I Braille.

Tuition & Fees

Nebraska Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours


Out of State Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours

About Faculty

University of Nebraska online courses are taught by expert faculty who embody the qualities resulting from research experience and professional/field experience. Students learn from faculty with a variety of backgrounds, many of whom are published researchers in their fields. NU faculty who teach online do so in a way that optimizes learning within the online modality and because technology enables students to access education they may otherwise may not be able to pursue.

Application Deadlines
  • Fall SemesterJan 15